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Grizzlies in Camp: Elusive Peak from Gott Creek East
Timestamp Free: 2020.08.12 - 09:45:32
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Lillooet Ranges / Brew-Siwhe Group
  (2 days)
Participants: John Baldwin, Linda Bily, Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy, Greg Stoltmann
Difficulty: 3: Walk up, with a bit of scrambling over large rocks at summit.
Simple route up Elusive Peak from Gott Creek.
Due to the long drive from Vancouver, Elusive Peak, at the head of Gott Creek, is an ideal 2 1/2 day trip. It is a 230km drive from Vancouver. We left Vancouver at 7:30PM in Greg's Trooper and drove up past Pemberton to Duffy Lake and beyond. We had intended to camp in the campspot at the end of Duffy Lake, but it was getting dark by the time we got there, and we couldn't find it. Turns out that the road into the campsite is now blocked off by big boulders, making it an ideal walk-in campsite, but we couldn't find it in the dark. However we found a suitable sideroad a km or so further, which lead right down to a spot on the south side of Cayoosh Creek, where we camped.

Next morning we drove past several other campsites we could have used, and found the start of the Gott Creek road. We were initially confused as to the start of the road by the 1:50,000 map, which shows the Gott Creek road branching off immediately after the bridge, but in fact it is 1/2 km or so farther. We saw a beautiful blonde bear come out on the road for a while then off into the bush. (more bears later).

We drove up the main Gott Creek road, and then up the east fork to a parking spot about 5 km past the fork. There are no waterbars on the main road, and about 8 or 10 mild waterbars on the east branch. Only one waterbar required passengers to get out of the vehicle, a spot about 3 km from the fork, where the culvert has been recently torn out. We parked at the first fork in the road (see waypoints). The right fork which goes down and crosses the creek looks like it was more recently the main road, but it doesn't go to the right place. Therefore we walked uphill to the end of the left branch. From the end of the road, we skirted through trees a bit, then came back out in the open and hopped...

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